Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is LiFEsports?

A: LiFEsports is a University initiative, led by the Department of Athletics and College of Social Work, and supported by the Department of Recreational Sports. It is a free, four-week experience for youth that builds off of the success of the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP).


Q: What are the LiFEsports Camp Objectives?


  • To Increase social competence among youth.
  • Increase self-control, effort, teamwork,and social responsibility (S.E.T.S)
  • Youth will demonstrate a sense of belonging and connection to the LiFEsports program and its staff.
  • Increase participants’ exposure to university/college life and interest in higher education.
  • Refer participants to other youth organizations and opportunities in Columbus.
  • Increase participants’ perceptions of athletic competence and confidence.
  • Increase participants’ commitment to lifelong fitness and healthy nutrition.


Q: What sports will my child participate in during camp?

A: Social dance, basketball, football, health and fitness, lacrosse, baseball/softball, swimming, soccer, and volleyball.


Q: What will be covered during the Chalk Talk portion of camp?

A: Through the camp, our staff is hoping to increase your child’s skills in sports, but more importantly to improve your child’s self-control, effort, teamwork, and social responsibility (SETS). Each day campers will participate in 60 minutes of play-based education activities that aim to introduce your child to SETS as well as give them an opportunity to practice these skills.


Q: What are the dates of the 2019 Summer camp?

A: The dates of the 2019 Summer Camp are Monday, June 10th through Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019.


Q: How does my child get to camp?

A: Transportation is free to all campers via buses. Campers should arrive to their bus stops at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Buses will drop off campers at their bus stop between 2:30 – 3 pm each day after camp. Campers being dropped off at camp by car should plan to arrive at the OSU Ice Rink (390 Woody Hayes Drive) no later than 8:15 am.


Q: What happens if my child is unable to attend a portion of camp?

A: Campers are allowed three unexcused absences over the course of camp. Please notify the camp hotline (614-688-3875) if your child will miss camp due to an illness or family emergency.


Q: What should my child wear/bring to camp?

A: Please make sure that your child is dressed to participate in physical activity each day. We recommend athletic shorts, a lightweight t-shirt, and tennis shoes. Campers should not bring any valuables to camp including iPods, phones, money, or jewelry. The LiFEsports Camp is not responsible for any campers personal items that may become lost, damaged, or stolen before/after camp hours.


Q: What happens if my child gets in trouble during camp?

A: Campers are expected to:

  • Show respect for themselves and others through word, attitude, and behavior (self-control).
  • Give your best effort everyday (effort).
  • Remember that you are part of a team (teamwork).
  • Give back to your community/help others (social responsibility).

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